We admit it: we’re guilty of holding (or hoarding) onto our favorite décor, fashion, and lifestyle magazines for years, going so far as moving them from apartment to apartment (and even cross-country). But when your love of classic inspiration and glossy photos starts to take over (read: piles and piles of old copies with no place to go), the resulting stacks can end up looking a mess. Fear not, we’ve come up with seven ways to incorporate your beloved glossies into your décor so your space can be just as inspiring as your subscriptions.
|If you don’t need the leg room, a desk with solid sides is a great place to corral stacks of your favorite mags. Their proximity to your workspace will provide easy access to your desired inspiration, while staying neat and organized.
Treble Desk, $499, Crate & Barrel
|We’re big fans of utilizing tight or awkward corners for additional storage, and displaying your lovely mag collection is the perfect reason to add some shelving to an under-utilized space. Floating shelves will provide a sense of airiness, and they allow you to customize your storage to accommodate magazine stacks of varying heights.
Reclaimed Wood Shelves, from $78, West Elm
|Utilize the unusual lines of a unique bookshelf or case piece to turn your collection into a work of art. This display looks especially striking when you are storing copies of the same publication — the unity of the spines arranged in an unusual manner creates a graphic, artistic moment.
Diagonal Bookcase, $2376, LDC Home
|If your home has deep windowsills, use this oft-overlooked space as a designated surface for your magazines. The space should allow for several stacks of varying heights, as well as easy access for when the mood to peruse strikes. If you’d prefer to store your issues vertically, acrylic magazine holders lined up on your windowsill creates a more orderly appearance.
Acrylic Magazine Slipcase, $17, The Container Store
|Work your collection into your vignettes and use a console with multiple shelves as a storage spot. Several neat stacks mixed in with coffee-table books, accessories, and framed photos will give your entry or living room some depth and visual interest while still being useful.
Brixton Console, $699, Room & Board
|The ultimate storage solution for easy access, decorative seagrass baskets in a range of sizes allows for quick perusal. Place a basket of current issues by your sofa to keep up-to-date while lounging or place a basket at the bedside in a spare bedroom to provide unexpected reading material for overnight guests.
Nate Berkus Water Hyacinth Basket, $35, Target
|If you have a non-working or purely decorative fireplace, store magazines with the spines staked in a variety of directions for an interesting, layered look. Even if your home doesn’t have an actual mantle, a faux surround filled with your collection will not only add architectural interest to your space, but will also add intrigue.
Berkeley Fireplace Mantle, $409, Home Depot
Photographs: 1. Helena Rohner photographed by María de Miguel for Elle Decor España 2. Mig & Alice (designer and source) 3. Photographed by Paul Barbera for Assemble Papers 4. Rita Konig photographed by James Merrell for Domino 5. Photographed by Kristofer Johnsson 6. Robert Passal 7. Vincent Van Duysen photographed by Karel Balas for Milk